Not a single thing was shot without guidance.
Anurag Kashyap directorial, Manmarziyaan is made under the banners of Colour Yellow Production and Phantom Films.
With Manmarziyaan, Kashyap has made a detour from the dark, gritty, pulp-fiction cinema he is known for to something more light-hearted.
"I am not in India and I have been reading about the Sikh community feeling offended by the smoking scene".
This film is not commenting on a community, it talks about individuals and their choices, Anurag stated. The Gangs Of Wasseypur director said that in every step of the way, hey asked for guidance from Sikh people for the film. He added that they took the advice of experts who said that a wedding scene could not be shot at the Golden Temple and restricted it to "Mattha tekna".
He also clarified that none of the members of his team was allowed to smoke in any of the houses they shot. "When we shot the smoking scene, it was shot on the street and there were close to 150 people watching the shoot", Anurag Kashyap said in a statement.
About the controversial smoking scene, Kashyap wrote that the crew took the advice of the public, who told them that the character should remove his turban (in a respectful way) before smoking. We wanted to show things the way they are. I am sorry if anyone feels genuinely hurt but I would also request that please don't make this unnecessary political because it's not. "I have always put out things the way they are without an agenda", he said in the statement. In the statement, Anurag Kashyap also ruled out the possibility of omitting the scene saying, "Technology does not allow us to cut a scene and it affects the story telling". So I definitely cannot do that now.To those whose hurt is genuine, I offer a genuine apology, that wasn't my intention. So I definitely cannot do that now. "And for those who are doing it for attention, I am glad you have got the attention", he finished.
According to the petition filed against Manmarziyan actors and makers by advocate Aditya Sharma and Harpreet Singh Kang on behalf of the Sikh organisation, a Sikh youth removing his turban after marrying is a violation of the fundamental rights described in Article 19 (2) and 25 of the Indian Constitution.
Manmarziyaan hit the screens on September 14 and has been performing well at the box office largely owing to good word of mouth. The film stars Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan in the lead roles.